Understanding and Predicting Productivity Growth, November 30 - December 1, 2007
November 30 - December 1, 2007Sveriges Riksbank, Stockholm, Sweden Sveriges Riksbank is pleased to announce that it will host a workshop on Understanding and Predicting Productivity Growth. AimThe questions we want to address at the workshop are: (i) What are the keyfactors for understanding total factor productivity (TFP) growth at thedisaggregate level (e.g. information and communication technology (ICT)capital/human capital/organizational structure/competition). Especially, forsectors outside of the production of ICT. (ii) What are the importantdeterminants for understanding the recent development of aggregate TFPoutcomes? For example, has composition effects been at play and if so what, inturn, drives such effects (e.g. what role does globalization play)? (iii) Can weimprove forecasts of aggregate TFP growth by using disaggregate data? (iv) Whatdata do we need to deepen our understanding of TFP growth? To address the lastquestion we plan for a panel session on data issues with representatives fromstatistical agencies as well as academia. FormatPapers will be presented in plenary presentations of 40 minutes,followed by 10 minutes of comments by a reviewer and an additional 10 minuteplenary discussion. Approximately 10 papers will be presented and overallparticipation at the workshop will be limited to 40 people. Lunches and aworkshop dinner will be provided for. So far we are very happy to announce thatSusanto Basu, Eric Bartelsman and John Van Reenen have agreed on participating in the workshop. ExpensesSveriges Riksbank will refund economy-class travel expenses andcover accommodation at the Sergel Plaza hotel, in the near vicinity of theRiksbank for paper presenters and discussants. Paper submissionA PDF file containing the paper should be e-mailed to theProgram Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 10, 2007.Authors will be notified by October 15, 2007. Authors submitting papers shouldalso indicate whether they are willing to act as discussants. OrganizationThe workshop program and other information about the conferenceare posted on the website of the riksbank (www.riksbank.com/workshop) as theybecome available. The organizing committee consists of Tor Jacobson, MikaelCarlsson and Björn Andersson. Questions can be directed email@example.com.